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A Regional Conversation: The Future of Broadband In Your Community

Event organizer: Mary Ellen Barnes
Event Date & Time: September 24, 2019 6:00 pm until September 24, 2019 8:00 pm
Contact email: mbarnes@lcrpc.org
For more information: http://www.lcrpc.org

DAMARISCOTTA -The Island Institute and the Lincoln County Regional Planning Commitee 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Central Lincoln County YMCA, Main Street.

Residents and businesses in Damariscotta, Newcastle, Nobleboro, Bristol, South Bristol and Bremen are invited to participate.

Broadband, also referred to as internet service, has quickly become a necessary ingredient for economic growth and community sustainability. Whether the talk is about fiber or cable or wireless, or about speed or dependability, internet connections between students and schools, patients with medical care services, scientists transporting data around the world, or for municipal or county-wide services, there is a lot to learn about what’s available, what the local needs will be in the future, and how the private and public sectors can work together.

Peggy Schaffer, executive director of  ConnectME Authority, will bring news about State programs and experiences from around Maine. There will be a panel of local business and education leaders discussing the role of reliable high-speed internet access in growing industries including aquaculture and health care. Stephen Baybutt, clinical director of Population Health and Telehealth for MaineHealth Care at Home serving patients from York County to Waldo County, will talk about current telehealth services and plans for the future. In addition, Scott Wilkinson and Mark Winter, Senators King and Collins regional staff, will share highlights of federal initiatives.

The public meeting, open to all, is co-sponsored by the Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission and the Island Institute. To register for this free event, go to lcrpc.org or call 207-882-5983.